Mechanics of Video Poker Play
following is taken from Power Video Poker, the Only Video Poker
Book You'll Ever Need!
All video poker machines are based on the principles of five-card draw
poker. You will
begin each game by inserting money or credit slips into the
machine. You then will have a choice of playing from one to five coins
or credit. The number
of coins or credits you play depend on the Betting Strategy you
use. You will need to decide on your Betting Strategy first which
will determine the number of coins you insert per play
Once you insert your coins or play your credits five cards will show on
the screen. These
are your cards. You
may keep one, some all or none of the cards.
It is your decision. Your
Playing Strategy will help you make your decision here.
To keep a card, press the button marked “HOLD” underneath the card you
want to keep. There
will be five hold buttons, one for each card.
You must press the hold button for each card you want to
“HELD” will appear under each card that you chose to keep.
The other cards (the ones you want to discard) will not be
kept by the machine.
What happens if you press the wrong hold button by accident or change your
mind? To change your
decision, all you have to do is press the corresponding button
again. It acts likes
an on-off button so that it is easy to change back and forth from
hold to discard. Until you press the draw button you can continue to change
your playing decision.
You may also decide to keep all five our your original cards.
To do so you will push the hold button under each card.
You may also discard all of the original cards by pressing
the Draw/Deal button without pressing any of the hold buttons.
Once you have made your playing decision and decided which cards to hold
press the Draw/Deal button to received your new cards.
This set of cards is your final hand.
If your hand is a winner, the machine will usually flash “WINNER” at
the bottom of the screen. Winning
hands are automatically paid according to the payoff schedule on
There is a useful feature on all video poker machines that allows you to
play with your winnings by using a credit function built into the
example, let’s say you just hit a win for twenty coins.
Two things will occur.
First, you will see a “Credit- 20” appear on the machine.
To continue playing without cashing out and reinserting
coins, you can now press another button to play off your
Secondly, after your 20-coin win a button called Cash Out or Payout will
light up. If you
press than button, the machine will give immediate payment of
the winnings shown in the credit section.
Cash Out function can be used after any hand is completed to cash
out your winnings.
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